Reworking Manet project nominated for London Higher Awards

26 Mar 2024

We are delighted that Reworking Manet, a live project brief for state school students aged 14-18,  has been nominated for a London Higher Award for London creative arts initiative of the year.

Developed by The Courtauld’s learning team in collaboration with a group of young people and Turner Prize-winning artist and Courtauld alumnus Jeremy Deller, the project began as a pilot project in 2021/22, encouraging students from all subjects to research, interrogate and respond creatively in any media to Édouard Manet’s famous painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882) in The Courtauld’s collection. The project opened to UK-wide submissions in Spring 2023, engaging over 300 young people (aged 14-18) and 20 teachers in 40 UK state schools and colleges through online, in-person and in-school workshops.

An outstanding selection of works by 59 students were exhibited in The Project Space between October 2023 – February 2024, exploring a wealth of themes drawn from the painting and seeking to raise important issues in our everyday lives.

The project also produced an online toolkit, available here for anyone who wants to dive further into Manet’s artwork, designed to support your research and inspire your creative responses to the painting.

Young people’s conversations sketched live by Courtauld Educator Toya Walker during an online workshop with artist Jeremy Deller © Toya Walker, The Courtauld

London Higher Awards 2024

London Higher is a membership organisation for universities and higher education colleges across the capital. Their annual awards recognise initiatives delivered by London universities, and this year’s awards will also celebrate their 25th birthday.

Ahead of the 2024 awards, London Higher received 159 application submissions from 38 institutions across 12 award categories. The winners will be announced on 6 June 2024, at a ceremony in London.